BUCKHANNON - St. Joseph's Hospital will "Go Purple with a Purpose" in recognition of November as National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month. Staff will wear purple.
Alzheimer's, a complex neurological disease and the most common form of dementia, affects more than 5 million people in the United States. More than 10 million people are caring for a loved one with the disease.
President Ronald Reagan, who was stricken with the disease in later years, declared National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month in 1983. President Barrack Obama proclaimed November as "National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month 2013."
There is no known cure. Women are more often diagnosed with Alzheimer's, in part due to generally longer lifespans. Factors that may contribute to the disease include high blood pressure, poorly controlled diabetes, lack of exercise, high blood cholesterol, a diet deficient in fruits and vegetables, and lack of social engagement.